Loch Ness

Affectionately known as Nessie, Loch Ness monster is a cryptid that is assumed to inhabit Loch Ness in the Scottish Highlands. Interest and belief was drawn to the animal in 1933 when Alex Campbell, the water bailiff for Loch Ness and a part-time journalist reported the creature in Inverness Courier. Sightings continue to be reported and funded expeditions are often sent to reveal the truth. In 2003 a BBC expedition surveyed the entire Loch using sonar and they concluded that no monster exists. Despite its non-existence, it remains one of the most famous examples of crypto-zoology.

Adamnan had reported the first sighting of the creature in the 7th century book- Life of St. Columba. In the book, he explained how Columba rescued a Picts, who was supposedly attacked by the monster at river Ness (not the Loch). On the contrary, no violent incident has been reported until date. Critics expelled the existence of Nessie, by claiming that the book has many natural and supernatural tales, which cannot necessarily relate to present happenings.

Many people claimed the alleged sightings of the monster. However, Peter Martin and Sam Jacobs revealed the first apparent statistics of the monster in the sighting of July 1933. Nessie is supposedly 4 feet high, 25 feet long, and has long, narrow neck. Later that year, another witness Margaret Munro, evidently saw this huge creature that had elephant-like skin, a long neck, a small head and two short forelegs.

Nessies proof of existence has been digressive since the photographic material, and sonar readings are debatable. No conclusive evidence either in form of skeletal ruins, definitive tissue samples, spoor or live animal detention has been uncovered. However, Nessie received a taxonomic name – Nessiteras rhombopteryx in 1975.

Critics in favour of their argument explain; it is beyond the bounds of possibility that a cryptid can survived long enough to explain all the sightings over the centuries. A small herd of creatures must exist that have survived over these centuries, yet managed to remain hidden from discovery. An act of balancing, which again is unthinkable.

Assuming Nessies existence plesiosaur is the usual candidate that is assumed to have survived extinction. Another option that seems to support claims is that the creature is a giant eel.

Amongst the supposedly evidence of Nessie, the ”Surgeon’s Photograph” is the most prominent. Photographed by gynecologist Robert Kenneth Wilson in April 1934, it was the only photographic evidence of a head and neck. The image was revealed as a hoax in 1994.

In 1987, Operation Deepscan, the biggest sonar exploration of Loch Ness took place. Twenty-four boats equipped with sonar were deployed across the whole width of the lake and they simultaneously sent out acoustic waves. After analyzing the SONAR images and echogram data, Darrell Lowrance (Founder of Lowrance Electronics) commented, There’s something here that we don’t understand, and there’s something here that’s larger than a fish, maybe some species that hasn’t been detected before. I don’t know.

The cosmic acknowledgement of Nessie has brought commercialization to the Loch. There are many ”Nessie hunting” boat trips available for tourists. If Nessie is not spotted, the tales spun by the locals sure will entertain you.